On Monday Ruslan Chagaev and Francesco Pianeta, their respective trainers Pedro Diaz and Dirk Dzemski as well as promoter Timur Dugazaev and co-promoter Ulf Steinforth met for a press conference at Casino Esplanade in Hamburg, Germany. And the regular WBA World HeavyweighT Champion and his challenger perfectly adjusted to the location. Continue reading
One year ago Ruslan Chagaev won the WBA World Heavyweight Champion for the second time after 2007 by beating Fres Oquendo. At age 36, the “White Tyson” who is promoted by Akhmat Promotions and TEREK Box-Event feel rejuvenated and is far from thinking about retirement. Continue reading
WBA/IBF/WBO/IBO World Heavyweight and “The Ring” Champion Wladimir Klitschko and his contender Francesco Pianeta will start with a press conference in the fight week on April 29.
For the second time, the press conference can be seen via “Hangout On Air” on the Google+ page of the Klitschko Brothers. The press conference will start at 2 p.m. CET. To watch it just click on www.google.com/+klitschko
Following the press conference is a fan hangout, for which fans were able to apply on the Google+ page of the Klitschko Brothers. The fan hangout can also be seen live via “Hangout On Air” on Google+. The fan hangout will start at around 3.30 p.m. CET. www.google.com/+klitschko
IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (59-3, 50 KO’s) has decided to squeeze in what should be an easy stay busy fight against unbeaten challenger Francesco Pianeta (28-0-1, 15 KO’s) on May 4th at the SAP-Arena in Mannheim, Germany.
This is a tune-up of sorts for the 37-year-old Wladimir to get ready for his fight against WBA heavyweight champion Alexander Povetkin for who Wladimir must face by the end of August according to the World Boxing Association rules. Continue reading
IBF/WBA/WBO/IBO and „The Ring Magazine“ World Heavyweight Champion Wladimir Klitschko will defend his titles against Francesco Pianeta at the SAP arena Mannheim, Germany on May 4.
Francesco Pianeta was born in Cosenza (Italy) and moved with his parents to Gelsenkirchen, Germany at the age of 6. He is 28 years old, undefeated and 6´3”. Southpaw Pianeta was WBC Junior World Champion and EBU Champion. In his eight-year-career he beat former WBC Heavyweight Champion Oliver McCall and four-time world title challenger Francois Botha. However, his most difficult fight Pianeta had outside the ring: When cancer was diagnosed in 2009 he was forced to stop his sports. After overcoming the illness he had a tremendous comeback in the ring in 2010. Pianeta is ranked # 9 in the WBO and # 12 in the WBA and IBO. He has a fight record of 28-0 wins with 15 KOs and one draw. Continue reading
By Jeff Sorby: It looks like IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (59-3, 50 KO’s) has decided to defend his title against the unbeaten sleepy-eyed Francesco Pianeta (28-0-1, 15 KO’s) on May 4th at the SAP-Arena in Mannheim, Germany.
This is an optional title defense for the 36-year-old Wladimir, so it was a given that he was going to face a weak opponent, but it seems like Wladimir’s last three title defenses have been optional because the opponents have been so weak. Pianeta, #9 WBO, #12 WBA, is technically undefeated, but his resume is incredibly poor and without one quality opponent among his 28 victories. Continue reading
By Kevin Chittenden: Undefeated German based heavyweight contender Francesco Pianeta (27-1-1, 14 KO’s) defeated soon to be 44-year-old South African Frans Botha (48-8-3, 29 KO’s) by a 10 round unanimous decision on Friday night in a fight that almost more like a sparring match than an actual fight at the RWE Rhein-Ruhr Sporthalle, Muelheim, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. The 6’5″, light hitting Pianeta swept the judges’ score cards winning by the scores of 100-96, 99-92 and 97-93.
Botha was dominated in the fight but still was able to land the harder shots and the cleaner landing punches. Pianeta just does not have any power to speak and the best he could do was land weak left-right combinations that did little to slow down Botha’s forward moving progress. Botha fought well in the 4th and 10th rounds, out-working Pianeta.
Botha did a lot of jabbing and would often fight with his back against the ropes to catch breathers. It was an ugly fight to watch. Continue reading
By James Slater – According to Boxrec.com, veteran heavyweight name Frans Botha will face huge Italian southpaw Francesco Pianeta on Sept. 7th in Germany. The match-up was originally set for this past May, but 43-year-old Botha suffered an injury and had to pull out (leaving fellow veteran and former WBC heavyweight champ Oliver McCall to step in at short notice and lose a wide decision). Continue reading